Release Zero was created as part of the RPM Challenge, a public dare to create a coherent album using the time only in the month of February to conceive, compose, record, produce, and master. Since this coincided with participation in the Battle of the Bits Winter Chip IV competition, about half of the songs were composed with that contest's rules in mind, although there is much retouching so that the result here is thin, light, and relaxing, instead of the shrill and overpowering sound often found in chiptunes. The result is an album with an atmospheric flow between tracks, designed to be played at a medium soft volume and provide a gentle, melodic background to your next thirty minutes.
chunter is a multi-instrumentalist since 1984, programming sequencers and synthesizers since 1990, playing with trackers since 2000. His recent work is based on the influence of the MOD tracker or demoscene, and therefore has demoscene’s eclectic electronic leanings, with the full influence of dance, rock, jazz, and pop. The result of using simple, portable tools to make music creates a sound like classic synthesizer or videogame music, with the power of modern digital tools providing an occasional surprise.
"12-String Legacy" guitar rendering by Ortho Vargas. Cover design by SirMarkus Kidd.